What to do in Crotone in a day?
Crotone is a small town of just over 62 thousand inhabitants that enchants its visitors. Founded by the Greeks in the year 718 BC, it brings together nature, culture and breathtaking landscapes. Today we will know what to do in a day in Crotone. Here at Your Travel to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? Looking for a hotel? Click here and discover best accommodation options in Calabria!
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A little about Crotone…
Crotone has a very special history of over a thousand years! Founded by the Greeks in 718 a. C., soon became one of the most important cities in Magna Grecia at that time. The philosopher Pythagoras moved there in 513 B.C. and there he founded his school, contributing to regional growth in the military and political spheres; the city became so powerful that it soon became the capital of a confederation of Magna Grecia. From that time, the only testimony is the archeological area of Capo Colonna, although we can see a Doric column erected in the temple dedicated to Hera. The archaeological area is within the incredible marine protected area of Capo Rizzuto, which was founded in the 90s. Read also What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
Attractions in Crotone…
It is the largest protected area in the entire Italy and has about 15 thousand hectares of sea, land and unique beauty! With its fine sandy beaches and rocky promontories on which towers and castles are built, the famous Aragon’s fortress of Le Castella deserves special mention. If you head towards the mountains, you can see several very interesting archaeological sites such as the Geoparco Ipogeo Altocrotonese, which features high rocks and several underground caves, meeting the magnificent forests of Sila and Montagnella Park; in this area, you will find stunning landscapes like those of Lake Ampollino. If you are a nature lover, this place is the right destination for you! It is evident that Crotone offers us more, much more, and one day, perhaps, it will be too little time to visit this city as it deserves, but if you have little time in Crotone, today I bring you a summary of what you can visit there in one day. Let’s Visit The Most Beautiful Villages In Calabria In 3 Days?
1) What to do in Crotone in a day? VISIT THE OLD CENTER
Well, as we already mentioned, Crotone is rich in history. Be sure to take a walk on the city seafront. It is of a unique beauty and attracts our eyes with its incredible sea that seems to ‘play’ with the sun.
Castle of Carlos V
In its old center, you can admire the Castle of Carlos V, which with its walls marks the oldest part of the city. Inside the Castle you will find the Cathedral and several noble palaces, heirlooms left there by wealthy and recognized families. The Cathedral has an original 9th century plan, but was rebuilt in the 15th century; Pope John Paul II elevated it as a smaller basilica; it is also a symbol of Crotone’s noble and ecclesiastical power. There you will find the famous Madonna Nera, in the chapel of the Madonna di Capocolonna. Another very interesting church is the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Attractions in the Castle
In Crotone you will find many churches, but in this specific church there is a unique crucifix: the “Crucified Christ”, which presents Jesus with his eyes wide open, moments before he dies, and not with his eyes closed, as we always see in other crucifixes. Within the castle walls you will also find the National Archeology Museum, which houses most of the findings in this Calabria area. Also visit the Pythagoras Garden. If you take a walk, is about half an hour away from the Castle and is stunningly beautiful.
2) What to do in Crotone in a day? VISIT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF CAPO COLONNA
Leaving the city itself, visit the archaeological park of Capo Colonna and the Capo Rizzuto nature reserve – where Isola Capo Rizzuto is located. Here you will find a seaside resort known for its tourist villages and for its beautiful beaches that the territory offers! Here is also the fortress of Le Castella, very beautiful! In Isola Capo Rizzuto, be sure to visit the Aquarium, where you can observe a number of marine species and which also operates the Marine Environmental Education Center – ideal for those travelling with children!
3) What to do in Crotone in a day? VISIT CIRÒ AND MARINA DO CIRÒ
Still close to the reserve, visit Cirò and Marina do Cirò. Cirò is located on a hill overlooking Punta Alice, which is a very famous location for its DOC wine. Its historic center was built around the ruins of the Castle of Carafa and is still very well preserved; there you can see its staircases and its charming stone alleys, all ‘outlined’ by beautiful noble palaces and religious buildings. At Cirò Marina, enjoy the day at sea! For years the region has received the blue flag, that is: ideal sea, for both adults and children. The waters are calm and crystal clear! Here you will also find the remains of a temple dedicated to Apollo.
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Nearby, be sure to visit the Santa Severina village, one of the most beautiful in Calabria. The city is called a “stone ship” because it was built on a cliff at 326 meters above sea level! Its castle still has its four practically intact towers and also offers us the elegant 13th century Cathedral; besides the church of Santa Filomena, which is the culmination of the visit!
The name Crotone comes from Croto, from Latin; Κρότωνin, ancient Greek; Κρότωνας in modern Greek and Cutroni in the local dialect. The name, according to legend, is a tribute to Kroton, son of Aeacus, who was mistakenly killed by his friend Hercules. To honor his memory, he buried him on the banks of the River Esaro, and made a prophecy: there, in that place, one day there would emerge a great, prosperous and beautiful city that would bear his name, Kroton. And since then, it has become Crotone, in Italian.
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What to do in Crotone in a day? Crotone is a delightful city! It deserves to be visited with time, attention and affection. With an excellent location, it offers the best between sea and mountains and offers us cinematic panoramas. Include Crotone in your itinerary, as the chance that you will regret it, I guarantee you, is almost zero!
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